Information Studies


Professorial Inaugural Lectures

Professorial Inaugural Lectures

Hidden in the bookshelves: Una Dillon and the ‘formidable’ women booksellers of London, 1930s-1960s

Thursday, 9th of June 2022, 6.30pm, Roberts Building G06 or via live stream link

Description: Samantha Rayner, Professor of Publishing and Book Cultures, Department of Information Studies, delivers her Inaugural Lecture: Hidden in the bookshelves: Una Dillon and the ‘formidable’ women booksellers of London, 1930s-1960s.

You can register here for tickets for attending in person, or for a link to the live streamed event:  (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/una-dillon-and-the-formidable-women-booksellers-of-london-1930s-1960s-tickets-289409861687)

About the lecture: This lecture will look at the contribution Una Dillon and her contemporary women booksellers made to the British book trade in the 1930s-1960s.  It will explore how bookselling developed during this period, and highlight some of the histories which, as in Una Dillon’s case, are now literally hidden behind the bookshelves of the bookshop she created.

About the speaker: Samantha J. Rayner is Professor of Publishing and Book Cultures in the Department of Information Studies at UCL, and is also Vice Dean for Wellbeing for the Faculty of Arts & Humanities, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for English Studies.  She is General Editor for an Elements series on Publishing & Book Culture with Cambridge University Press, and co-Director of the Bookselling Research Network and the Bloomsbury CHAPTER (a collaboration with the IES).  She researches bookselling, publishing, and book history topics, as well as reading for wellbeing / bibliotherapy; she also has strong connections with Arthurian and medieval research.

18:00: Registration Opens

18:30: Lecture begins

19:30: Drinks Reception

Inaugural Lecture Series 2021-22

This lecture is part of the 2021/22 series for UCL's Faculty of Arts & Humanities and Faculty of Social & Historical Sciences. The series provides an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the achievements of our professors who are undertaking research and scholarship of international significance, and offers an insight into the strength and vitality of the arts, humanities and social sciences at UCL. All our lectures are free to attend and open to all. You don't have to be a UCL staff member or student to come along. Lectures begin at 18:30 and are typically one hour long. A drinks reception will follow, to which everyone is welcome to join. We look forward to meeting you at one of our events.  For information on other upcoming lectures please visit: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/social-historical-sciences/news-events/inaugural-lectures

Click here for our 60 second interview with Prof. Samantha Rayner